How to Find the Right Gift for the Pickiest Person on Your Christmas List

Shopping for presents for your friends and loved ones is one of the best parts of the Christmas season. You get the opportunity to choose gifts that you know will make them smile on Christmas Day and that will show them just how much you care.

That being said, when your shopping list includes a picky person or two, you might find yourself struggling just a bit to choose the right gifts. You don’t want to resort to something as generic as a gift card, but as Christmas draws ever closer, you might be feeling the pressure just a bit.

Thankfully, there are a few different ways in which you can approach finding the perfect present for even the pickiest person on your list. With these few tips, you can end up finding the right gift that they will love and that they won’t be tempted to exchange as soon as the holidays are over.

Give Them Some Say

Even though you don’t want to just give the picky people on your list something like a gift card or cash, you can still allow them to have some say in their present this holiday season. This can help you to make sure that the gift they end up with is one that they will definitely love.

For instance, there are subscription boxes out there of various finds that allow people to choose specific items from a particular category that they can sample from month to month. Things like chocolate subscriptions are ideal for the person on your list who has a sweet tooth, while a perfume subscription will allow them to choose a number of designer fragrances to sample each month.

Choose a subscription box that falls into the right category for the person you are shopping for and let them do the rest.

Consider Their Interests

It can be difficult to find a gift for someone on your list who has completely different interests than you. For example, if someone you are shopping for is a bit of a sports fanatic and you couldn’t be less interested in sports, you might struggle to find the right gift.

In such cases, you will need to try to put yourself in their shoes so that you can choose the perfect present. It can also be helpful to consult with an expert on the subject matter to help you make the right selection. 

Think Outside the Box

When shopping for a Christmas present, you don’t have to resign yourself to purchasing something that can be wrapped. Instead, when you are looking for the perfect thing to get for a picky person, consider going for an event or experience instead.

If they have a favorite band, for example, you can purchase tickets to a show and make a plan to go together. The best part about such a gift is that it gives you the chance to spend some time with one another.

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15 Comments
  • Maria Khan
    January 31, 2022

    Thanks for sharing. Our family is happy with all the wonderful items in them.

  • Leanne Wong
    February 8, 2022

    These are such great tips! I have a friend with a birthday coming up, and she is SO HARD to shop for. This is great.

  • anatureescape
    February 9, 2022

    Yes, we love giving and receiving experiential gifts.

  • Cinny
    February 9, 2022

    These are some nice tips. Sometimes, for us, it’s as simple as getting to go on a trip together.

  • Beth Pierce
    February 9, 2022

    I love gifts that let you and your partner spend time together. That’s why I love giving gifts such as concert or movie tickets.

  • briannemanzb
    February 9, 2022

    I have some picky friends when it comes to gifts. And it can be hard and stressful to pick gifts for them. Thanks for this

  • Healthawareness
    February 9, 2022

    everyone love gifts, giving the right gifts becomes a one million question, this article is on point. i have taken something here.

  • tweenselmom
    February 9, 2022

    this is applicable to my daughters haha. I agree with giving them a say, that’s why I ask them to make a wishlist but at the same time I tell them to not expect immediately 🙂

  • Lucy Ivan
    February 9, 2022

    Sometimes, it isn’t easy to find the right gift for someone with different interests. But just because you want to make them happy. I like the idea of consulting with an expert or a friend with similar interests. Thanks for sharing!

  • Millie
    February 9, 2022

    Great tips! I have a couple of picky people on my gift list that I usually give money to because it’s so hard to shop for them. Now I can think of a few cool presents. Thanks!

  • Fransic verso
    February 9, 2022

    I agree we don’t have to do the same thing or buy the same things every time. We can think out of box and try something new!

  • Heather Castillo
    February 9, 2022

    I have a few picky people on my list. So I’m always scrambling to find a gift.

  • Heatherkleinwolf
    February 10, 2022

    I like subscription box gifts. They keep giving all year long.

  • Knycx journeying
    February 10, 2022

    Love the idea and suggestions and I think it will be useful to those who are having trouble selecting gifts!

  • Ntensibe Edgar
    February 10, 2022

    Yyyeeesssss! You have spoken about something I love so much….listening to somebody for their input, from which you can pick up gift ideas. Thanks for that!